595a. Ten thousand times ten thousand

1 Ten thousand times ten thousand
In sparkling raiment bright,
The armies of the ransomed saints
Throng up the steeps of light:
'Tis finished, all is finished,
Their fight with death and sin;
Fling open wide the golden gates,
And let the victors in!

2 What rush of alleluias
Fills all the earth and sky;
What ringing of a thousand harps
Bespeaks the triumph high;
O day, for which creation
And all its tribes were made;
O joy, for all its former woes
A thousand-fold repaid! A-men.

3 O then what raptured greetings
On Canaan's happy shore,
What knitting severed friendships up,
Where partings are no more!
Then eyes with joy shall sparkle
That brimmed with tears of late;
Orphans no longer fatherless,
Nor widows desolate.

4 Bring near thy great salvation,
Thou Lamb for sinners slain;
Fill up the roll of thine elect,
Then take thy power and reign;
Appear, Desire of Nations,
Thine exiles long for home;
Show in the heavens thy promised sign,
Thou Prince and Saviour, come!


Text Information
First Line: Ten thousand times ten thousand
Author: Henry Alford, 1810 - 71
Meter: 7 6, 8 6. D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1958
Topic: The Church Year: Saints' Days - Minor Festivals; The Life In Christ: Life Everlasting
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Wolfgang Franck, 1641-88
Meter: 7 6, 8 6. D.
Key: E♭ Major

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